Child protection

Anti-Bullying Campaign - Violence in Schools in Namibia - The Ministry of Education, Arts & Culture with support from the European Union & UNICEF, launched the National Anti-Bullying Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about violence in Namibian schools.


Children’s rights and business: Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - Youth ambassadors of UNICEF the Netherlands to discuss the role of private sector. Watch the video >>


Fresh start after life as a child solder in Somalia | UNICEF - Ali, 17, is one of 100 former child soldiers being helped at a UNICEF-supported training centre in Somalia. From plumbing to tailoring, the children at the centre learn trades that can help them secure a better life. Read more >>


I have the right - Justice For Children in Angola - A video produced by the Birth Registration and Justice for Children Project in Angola, an initiative from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights with the support of the European Union (EU) and UNICEF.


#Give Every Child a Fair Chance! - Every child is an opportunity - and every sector counts. The EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit provides practical tools and guidance to realise children’s rights across all sectors of development cooperation in the post-2015 era. Read more >>


The invisible borders of childhood - Through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, UNICEF, in partnership with the EU, realizes the rights of children in Mozambique and other countries. See more >>


Marriage is not a game - Marking the end of the global campaign '16 Days of Activism' to combat violence against women and girls, the European Union, UNICEF, and the Lebanese NGO ABAAD came together to raise concerns about child marriage and launched a video animation on child marriage. Read more >>


Partners for children: EU and UNICEF
The European Union and UNICEF work together to secure the highest possible quality of life for children. Read more »


In Niger, birth registration takes a big step forward
Across even the remotest regions of Niger, a birth registration initiative has expanded the reach of government services and enabled a more secure future for the country’s youngest citizens. Read more »


Bosnia and Herzegovina - Playing ball for children with disabilities
Danny Glover and Edin Dzeko play ball for children with disabilities


Global – Protecting girls’ rights
Female genital cutting and child marriage blight the lives of millions of girls every year.  UNICEF and the EU are committed to support ending these practices.


Egypt – Villagers Say No to FGM/C
Egyptian villages have come together to say no to the practice of FGM/C.


Ethiopia – A community decides to end FGM/C
More than 70 per cent of Ethiopia’s forty million adult women have been subjected to female genital cutting.   Read more »


Sudan – Celebrating ‘Saleema’ – the whole girl
The roots of female genital cutting are deeply intertwined with the Sudan’s religious and cultural traditions and the concept of female honour.   Read more »


Bangladesh – Ending sexual harassment of girls and women
Hundreds of people, many of them adolescents, rallied in the streets of Narsingdi district recently to call for an end to ‘Eve teasing’.  Read more »


Georgia – Juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation
On a warm day in early spring, groups of adolescent boys congregate outside a large, well-kept building.  Read more »


India – Ending child marriage
Even though child marriage is illegal in India there is enormous social and economic pressure in rural areas for families to marry their daughters young.   Read more >


Senegal – Leading FGM/C abandonment
Senegal is at the forefront of the campaign to stop female genital cutting.  practice.  Read more »



  • Anti-Bullying Campaign - Violence in Schools in Namibia

  • Children’s rights and business: Towards achieving the SDGs

  • Fresh start after life as a child solder in Somalia | UNICEF

  • I have the right - Justice For Children in Angola

  • #Give Every Child a Fair Chance!

  • The invisible borders of childhood

  • Marriage is not a game

  • Partners for children: EU and UNICEF

  • In Niger, birth registration takes a big step forward

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Playing ball for children with disabilities

  • Global – Protecting girls’ rights

  • Egypt – Villagers Say No to FGM/C

  • Ethiopia – A community decides to end FGM/C

  • Sudan – Celebrating ‘Saleema’ – the whole girl

  • Ending Child Marriage

  • Bangladesh – Ending sexual harassment of girls and women

  • Abandoning FGM/C

  • Georgia – Juvenile justice system and rehabilitation

  • India – Ending child marriage

  • Senegal – Leading FGM/C abandonment


We speak up - and we take action

MATHURANKERNEYKULAM, Sri Lanka, 3 February 2017 - In the small, remote village, people are still struggling to recover from decades of violent conflict and many children do not attend school. Now an EU-UNICEF supported community action is addressing the school dropout problem and raising regular school attendance. Read more >>

No longer separate

KUMANTHURAI, Sri Lanka, 3 February 2017 - See how a Youth Club in Sri Lanka helps to engage children with sensitivities and difficult experiences after a three-decade long conflict. Read  more >>

The protection of the family is fundamental to the full development of children

LUANDA, Angola, 13 December 2016 - Find out how an EU-UNICEF juvenile justice program in Angola supports national efforts to protect children that come into contact with the law. Read more >>

Travelling to Angola's remotest communities to register new births

CHIPINDO, Angola, 17 January 2017 - In Angola’s rural areas, villages can be extremely difficult to reach. In the Chipindo municipality, a UNICEF-EU programme is helping one man on his quest to register new births in the area. Read more >>

#EatPlayLove for the best start in life

New York, 12 January 2017 - As part of the #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, the LEGO Foundation created animations to show how the first 1,000 days of life shape a child’s future. Read this fun and unusual blog here.

Never look back: former child soldiers crafting new lives

Somalia, 11 February 2016 - Boys formerly associated with armed forces and those at risk of being recruited, learn about electronics at a training centre run by UNICEF partner, INTERSOS with support from the European Union. Read more >>

Social Cash Transfer Programme: To graduate or to be exited?

Malawi, September 2015 - In order to empower poor households, the Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) is currently covering 18 districts of Malawi. Read more >>


Children in Armed Conflict – stories of trauma and rehabilitation

Somalia, 2015 - 14-year old Bashir disappeared some day, being captured by armed military forces. After his release, UNICEF helped with counseling and social reintegration programs. Read more >>

All children deserve to celebrate their birthday

Ati, Chad, 6 August 2015 - Abba Ahmat is 47 and has five children. He is a community teacher living in Ati, in the Batha region. As a committed and respected person in his community, Abba has participated in public awareness session about the importance of birth registration. Read more >>

Empowering one girl at a time in Belize

Dangriga, Belize, 29 July 2015 - Dangriga has the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in the country, HIV prevalence higher than anywhere else in Central America, and a place where violence and poverty are an ever-present reality. Read more >>

UNICEF, EU, Save the Children and Plan International Join Forces with Tanzania to End Violence against Children

Dar es Salaam, 22 January 2014 – The Government of Tanzania, UNICEF, the EU Delegation to Tanzania, Save the Children International (SCI) and Plan International (PLAN) launched today a joint child protection initiative to end violence against children in Tanzania. Read more »

UNICEF welcomes Lesotho’s expansion of child grants

Thaba-Tseka, 3 October 2013 - The Government of Lesotho announced the incorporation of a child cash grant into its larger social protection agenda. The cash grant seeks to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged children in a country that has been devastated by the HIV pandemic and widespread poverty.

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Montenegro launches “Every child needs a family” campaign

PODGORICA, 19 September 2013 - The campaign aims to increase the number of foster parents, decrease the number of children in institutions and raise awareness about the basic human need and fundamental right of every child to grow up in a loving family environment.

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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Danny Glover and Edin Dzeko play ball for children with disabilities

UNICEF is partnering with the European Union to change public perception about children living with disabilities so that they are included in all aspects of society.

HIV infection is among the risks for Ukrainian children living on the streets

In the Ukraine, many children and young people who live or work on the streets face increased risks to HIV infection.  According to some estimates, there are approximately 100,000 children living or working on the streets in the Ukraine.  UNICEF and the EU are supporting efforts to reduce HIV and provide care for those infected.


In Yemen, abuse at home can lead to life on the street

SANA’A, Yemen, 19 November 2010 – Life on the street can be very hard, especially if, like Khaled, you are only 16 years old and have no money and nowhere to go. For this teenager, however, anything seemed better than living at home with his family.

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Working to reduce violence and abuse against children in Swaziland

Swaziland, 11 May 2010 – Three years ago, a massive survey supported by UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed an alarming level of sexual and physical abuse affecting girls in Swaziland. As many as one in three girls surveyed reported a history of abuse.

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